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Jacobs Ends Year with $2.1 Million Surplus in Clerk’s Office

Jacobs Ends Year with $2.1 Million Surplus in Clerk’s Office

Erie County, NY- Chris Jacobs is ending his first year as County Clerk earning $2.1 million dollars extra for Erie County taxpayers he announced today. “This additional money does not stay with the Clerk’s Office but goes into the County’s General Fund,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs credits the implementation of management reforms that resolved the massive paperwork backlog he inherited in the Land Records Division, which resulted in depositing over $3 million dollars in un-cashed checks. Additionally, the surplus was helped by a robust real estate market and a stepped up campaign to urge Erie County residents to renew their automobile registrations locally to keep critical fee revenue in Erie County versus it all going to Albany.

State of the Town Address to be given at Cheektowaga Chamber Luncheon

State of the Town Address to be given at Cheektowaga Chamber Luncheon

Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Mary Holtz will give the annual “State of the Town” Address at the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Thursday, January 24 at 12 noon at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Avenue.

“This luncheon is a tradition for us.  We have been honored to host the State of Town Address at our January Luncheon for more than 20 years.  We feel it is important that we provide a forum for our members and the community to hear the accomplishments in the Town during the past year and the goals for 2013,” said Debra S. Liegl, President and CEO of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce.

Reservations for the luncheon can be made by calling the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce Office at 684-5838.  The cost for Chamber Members is $20 and $25 for future Chamber Members.

Senator Kennedy Rallies for Minimum Wage Increase, Urges Albany to Raise the People’s Pay

Senator Kennedy Rallies for Minimum Wage Increase, Urges Albany to Raise the People’s Pay

Over 100 people joined Kennedy at Friday’s rally at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. Kennedy launches online petition to raise the minimum wage.

State lawmakers Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes, Ryan support measures to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 an hour and linking future increases to the Consumer Price Index.

Kennedy: Now’s the Time to Raise the Minimum Wage, and Stop Playing Paycheck Roulette by Linking Future Increases to CPI.

ReCharge NY Allocates Power to Lancaster Business

ReCharge NY Allocates Power to Lancaster Business

Assemblymember Dennis H. Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) announced today Jiffy-tite, a business in the 143rd Assembly district, was awarded 240 kilowatts of power during the 4th round of the 2012 allocations from ReCharge NY.

ReCharge NY was created by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2011 to help the state’s economy by providing low-cost power to businesses and job creating entities. In total, 39 total businesses across New York were awarded funding. This allocation round is expected to spur over $680 million in economic activity across the state.

“Jiffy-tite was started in a garage over 40 years ago and has grown into a successful company that is an integral part of the Western New York economy,” Assemblyman Gabryszak said. “I commend the New York Power Authority for allocating power to Jiffy-Tite and other businesses upstate. With this power allocation, Jiffy-tite and other area businesses have a greater opportunity to expand in our region.”

NY Lottery Distribution in the 143rd District

NY Lottery Distribution in the 143rd District

Recently, I held a senior citizens forum in Cheektowaga at the Senior Center. The event was very successful and many of you showed up to ask me questions on topics such as healthcare and legislation. One particular question dealt with the distribution of funds from the New York Lottery to our schools. As promised, I'm responding to this topic due to the overwhelming response I received. 

 

Assemblymember Gabryszak: Think Pink During the Month of October

Assemblymember Gabryszak: Think Pink During the Month of October

October is breast cancer awareness month. In our area, we experience a high rate of breast cancer. In 2012, approximately 1,300 women will be diagnosed with this disease in our area. 1 It’s important to take measures to learn about early detection.

There are many factors that can contribute to breast cancer. According to the US National Library of Medicine, the categories that put a person at higher risk are age, gender, family and heredity. Other risk factors can include alcohol use, radiation exposure, and the age in which a woman gave birth to children. 2

The American Cancer Society recommends that mammograms should begin at age 40.  A mammogram can be scheduled with your doctor. Clinical breast exams, also performed by a doctor, are recommended every three years for women who are in their 20’s and 30’s. Routine breast self-exams are important for women starting in their 20s. 3

Assemblyman Gabryszak and Senator Grisanti Create New Safety Requirements For Firefighters- Governor

Assemblyman Gabryszak and Senator Grisanti Create New Safety Requirements For Firefighters- Governor

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryzak (D-Cheektowaga) and Senator Mark Grisanti (R-North Buffalo) today announced that Governor Cuomo has signed into law legislation that would require cities and employers of firefighters to provide emergency escape systems for all firefighters.

Under bills passed in both houses (A10677, S 7677), cities or other employers of fighter fighters are required to identity if a firefighter is at risk for becoming trapped at higher elevations, and if the firefighters could need to be prepared to escape a fire.  This gives the firefighter community the ability to better evaluate their escape routes and plan accordingly to different situations that may be potentially hazardous due to height and differing equipment.